My dear horse Phoenix has been lame for some years. Initially, I took him for x-rays, but they were inconclusive. I tried a couple of arthritis drugs, but they didn't seem to help. When my vet came by a few weeks ago to do rabies shots, I was having my annual talk with him about Phoenix's lameness. He is only lame at the trot, a mild lameness, the sort of thing you can't put your finger on, but that doesn't improve with loosening up. My vet, who has treated him for his annual shots and once mild allergies over past ten years, said, "Well, it's a long shot, but do you want to test him for lyme disease?". Both of us were SHOCKED when it came back positive.
The thing is - Phoenix has likely had this for years. So his lyme disease would be chronic, and he will need a longer term on antibiotics. A minimum of 620 pills of doxycycline. Had this happened a few months ago, it wouldn't be such a big deal. Unfortunately, doxycycline recently took a HUGE hike in pricing. So huge, in fact, that one local pharmacy gave me an estimate of $3500. Sadly, we cannot afford that. My vet, who is wonderful, has said he's willing to send the prescription anywhere. So I'm exploring options, including ordering the medicine from Australia. Many thanks to the bloggers who helped me connect with some Australian bloggers to answer questions for me about the website I am considering!
This horse and I have been through so much together. Eighteen years ago, when I was in college, I rescued him from an abusive situation. They told me that he was unrideable. That he bucked off anyone who dared to climb on his back. It took him a long time to learn to trust. In the beginning, I could barely catch him. When I placed my hand up to him, his whole body would tremble in fear.
He tentatively gave me his heart, though, and we rode in parades and did some schooling shows. He was the sort of horse, who even at the tender age of 4, would try so hard when I asked him to do crazy things like walk across a bright blue tarp or jump over a river.
Update: I got an email this morning that they cannot accept prescriptions from outside of Australia in their pharmacies. So I guess it's back to the drawing board. Readers, if you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them!